In the middle of Winter, when everything lies dormant, there is a simple beauty in the dramatic effect the season has on the natural landscape. The Winter Fairy Song embraces this, and encourages us to open our eyes and appreciate the wonders of winter.
The Winter Fairy Song : A Song to Explore the Winter Season
January is the time
When nature takes a rest,
Shimmering in the silver frost,
A frozen treasure chest!
Deep within the winter forest,
By the snow drift wide,
You can find a magic place,
Where all the fairies hide.
Are those real fairy wands,
Glistening on the tree,
Or only winter icicles,
All sparkling at me?
(sing to the tune of Mary, Mary Quite Contrary)
The Winter Fairy Song is a lovely whimsical way to teach children about winter, and can be used in conjunction with The Autumn Fairy, The Summer Fairy and The Spring Fairy songs to learn all about the contrasts of the changing cycle of seasons. This simple song is perfect for children from around 3 years of age. It is just the thing to get the creativity flowing and accompany some fairy crafts and stories, or for making some home made wings and doing some fairy dancing.
There are so many wonderful fairy inspired activities that you can do inside, but really the best way to experience the beauty of winter is to go on a walk together and try to spot the signs of the Winter Fairy’s work.
The Winter Fairy Craft
What you need:
- greenery (we used Christmas tree branches)
- a cabbage leaf
- a bowl
- Freezer (or outside if it’s cold enough where you are!)
- florist wire
1. Collect some greenery – we used bit of Christmas tree branch, but you can see what you can forage!
2. Place the cabbage leaf into the bowl with the Christmas tree/greenery arranged on top
3. Pour water into the leaf
4. Place string or a piece of wire so that you can hang the wings
5. Put into the freezer or leave outside
6. To make a fairy you can secure the two pieces together using the wire to make two “wings”, and then create a fairy body either out of card like we have in the image above, or out of other natural materials (see the Autumn Fairy for inspiration!)
Check out our Winter lesson Plan for lots of seasonal activities combined in a structured 30 min lesson.
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